Bought this camera over 5 years ago, and I haven't used any other camera since! Another cheap alternative from Tesco's technology brand, it was £85 when purchased, which for a 12 Mega Pixel camera, was significantly cheaper than its competitors. And it turned out to be a wise purchase.
What impresses the most about this camera is its ease of use - even tech novices will be snapping away in no time; all the buttons are laid out clearly, along with a simple to understand interface shown on the LCD screen. The next best thing is the picture quality - 12 Mega Pixels is a high resolution, and this really shows in the detail you get in your photos. Apart from Anti-Shake, this camera doesn't have fancy features such as facial recognition, or automatic colour correction - so if the conditions are not perfect then this can occasionally show, but only occasionally. As a bonus, you are able to take short video clips as well - although, understandably, these are not very good quality, and it is no substitute for a proper video camera. The camera is incredibly robust, too - as I said above, I've had it for over 5 years now, and it works just as perfectly as it did when I bought it - there isn't even a visible scratch on it!
I also have the technika SH-C350 and think it is an excellent bit of kit. Especially as it is very cheap considering its spec. I wouldnt be surprised if its photo tacking abililities are as good if not better then Digital cameras costing hundreds of pounds.My first digital camera had ordinary AA batteries and went through them like they were going out of fashion! Dud after 3 hours of picture taking!I have to admit I mostly use mine on the big red A = Auto!The SH-C350 has a very long life rechargeable battery that lasts for ages - even if you use the flash a lot , whatsmore its REPLACEABLE!! The images are of very high resolution for the money! Recommended!For me the rechargeable battery means free picture taking!
I got this camera for christmas last year and have never looked back. It is a 12 mega pixel camera so the pictures are of a really good quality. It is a lovely small size so isnt too heavy to carry round on a night or day out. It also comes with a black velvet carrycase to protect the camera should u drop it or spill something on it.
The camera hasnt got a great deal of memory so should you buy this, you will need to purchase a memory card if you intend to take a lot of pictures!! This camera also enables you to record short videos and has an anti-shake system so that you can record a clear video/picture even if you are knocked or your hands are unsteady! I found the anti-shake system function most useful when i went to a concert recently and was so pleased with the outcome of the photos and videos.
The only moan i have is that this camera contains a dial in which to change photo functions which is a bit confusing and ive still not got the full hang of it!!
All in all a brilliant little piece of technology!!
I chose this camera as a present for my birthday, Ive never owned a digital camera before and had no idea about what to look for. After looking in various catalogues they all looked the same and had around about the same amount of technology installed. When I found this one in Tescos I was surprised, this is the cheapest digital camera I have seen which has the most memory and pixels included. I had to have it! The camera itself does not look cheap and isn't hard to use. I take it out with me on every night out I have and all my friends comment on the quality of the pictures, they really are amazing. There is also a handy camera case included as well which stops it from being scratched which I thought was also great for the price. A memory card is not generally needed although for the price they are today it could be a good idea depending on how often you upload your pics to your computer. I havent had the battery run out on me when Ive needed it yet although there is a charger which can be used whilst the battery is in the camera or by plugging the battery into an adaptor. To top it all off the camera is so simple and easy to use. I don't no how I coped without it!
Bought this camera a week ago. I am really pleased with it. This is the first digital camera I have had and it is very easy to use. The photo quality is great and so is the price. Having a rechargeable battery is also an asset. If you are looking for a decent camera at a low price and don't mind the make then this is the camera for you.
I recently bought this camera from Tesco. The truth is I didn't really need to upgrade camera as our Sony 7mp camera (see separate review) was still going. However, I wanted one of my own as my partner and I shared the Sony. Being budget concious at the moment I didn't want one that would break the bank but has a good spec for the price. Brand it's really important to me. With that in mind I plumped for the Technika SH-C350.
PRICE AND FEATURES
The price was very cheap, just under £60 for a 12 mega pixel camera. Other features are as follows-
* 3x Optical Zoom
* 6x Digital Zoom
* Self timer
* Black and White and Sepia Effects
* 15 Shooting Modes
* 2.5" Screen
* Lithium Ion Rechargeable battery
* 32mb Internal Memory
In addition to the camera and battery, the camera also comes with a camera case and wrist strap, USb cable, AV cable, separate battery charger, software and power adaptor.
EASE OF USE
I found this camera difficult at first. Auto mode is fine, just point and shoot, however there were so many extra modes. I felt I wasn't getting the best pictures out of the camera and many hours were spent reading the manual and fiddling around with the controls to find my way around this camera.
I still use auto more often than not, the zoom and anti shake button are always invaluable too and it's very easy to turn the flash on and off. These features are all simply at the touch of a button on the back of the camera.
When you get to using the 'scene' mode, it gets a little more complicated as you have to navigate the on screen menus to find the most suitable shooting mode. The shooting modes are as follows - Sport, Portrait, Night Portrait, Night, Candlelight, Landscape, Natural Green, Sunrise, Sunset, Text, Black and White, Sepia, Splash Water, and Pets. I use the sport mode a lot, it's good for taking pictures of moving objects as it compensates for some of the movement. The pets function seems pointless, I found that taking pictures of animals was more successful on auto than on this mode. I was a little disappointed that the camera did not have a snow mode, when I went out to take some pictures of the recent weather, however I got some gorgeous snow pictures in Black and White. Overall, The different shooting modes are useful to have and they aren't too difficult to use once you get the hang of it, but a few of them are pointless and don't aid the pictures at all.
In addition to the different shooting modes and the auto functions, there are a number of other functions to help with your photography...
Program - Allows you to manually set the shutter speed and aperture value
Tv- Allows you to set the shutter speed while the camera sets the corresponding aperture value
AV- Allows you to set the aperture value while the camera sets the corresponding shutter speed
M- Allows you to manually control over exposure, aperture and other settings.
User Setting- Allows you to manually sets your favourite parameters and settings will be memorised.
These settings are probably very useful to someone with a good knowledge of photography, but for the average person who just want snaps these functions are probably surplus to requirements.
Three other functions which are a real plus and very easy to use are -
Movie mode - This is easy to use and records well, with sound. You can't zoom in whilst recording, however you can zoom in first and then record whilst in zoom, which I think is good.
Hi ISO - This is great for taking pictures in not so good light. It's a high sensitivity mode.
Panorama - This mode allows you to take a series of pictures and stitch them together to create a huge panoramic scene.
Playback is easy enough of this camera too. A simple switch on the top of the screen changes from camera to playback mode. You can flick through images individually, have slide show, or flck through thumbnails. You can resize the pictures on the camera in playback mode and zoom in. Video playback can be paused and fastforwarded and rewound. It also plays back video with sound.
QUALITY OF PICTURES
I found that whilst I have got some beautiful shots using this camera, I've also got some which are really out of focus, particularly when using the zoom. For landscapes and portraits this camera is fantastic. For close ups it's not so good. I've found for detail, taking a shot of the subject further away and zooming in afterwards gives a better result than using the zoom itself. I think also a little more experimenting with the more complicated functions would give better results, but on auto it's not to bad at all. For everyday snaps it can produce some really good quality pictures.
Overall, I'm very pleased with this camera. For the price I don't think you can complain. The camera also comes with a year guarantee, which I hadn't perviously mentioned. The battery life is very good. Will last all day on a heavy use day out. The weight I have to say is my real issue with it. For a compact camera it's fairly weighty. Also it's a silver box, if you want a pretty little camera this isn't it. Built for function only. Which suits me fine!